This week we wanted to share some great fun and innovative tools for creating presentations.

We present to you…

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What are they?

Both Prezi and Jing are powerful presentation tools in two very different ways. Let’s explore…


Remember boring PowerPoint presentations? Well Prezi is a fun new way to bring life to your presentations, and is even used in the workplace for a way to collaborate and share ideas like an infinite bulletin board. Sound neat? Keep reading to find out more.


This tool is all about screencasting. It can be used for videos or images alike. What is screen sharing? Well what do you see on your computer screen right now? You have this page open, but maybe another window or tab is open, you have a mouse you’re moving around, and who knows what other applications are open. Screencasting is recording either a section of your screen or the full thing if you so choose, and thus allows you to share what you’re seeing and doing on your computer with others. Simple as that! So…

Why should I know about Prezi?

Prezi is an amazing tool for presenting information. Not only is it fun and innovative. But the tool makes the audience much more engaged with the material watching it develop across the screen. Prezi’s can be used for a myriad of presentations. The basics types would be teaching tools for workshops, conference presentations, and training tools. But libraries are also designing them for subject guides/LibGuides, library tours, and program and services announcements.

Take a look at some of the following Prezi’s to see how other libraries are using this tool…


For further looks at ways libraries are using Prezi, more can be found here:

Normal Public Library Community Room Overview

Lake Forest Library Tour

Express Yourself Teen Program

Research Paper Topic

LibGuides for Education

Forth Worth Public Library Digital Age

Why should I care about Jing?

Jing, our screencasting tool not only records videos from your computer screen, but it can capture still images and annotate those images along with PUBLISHING the videos on Screencast.com How can this be used you may ask? Well do you want to share with patrons how they can use the catalog or certain databases possibly? How about a how-to for your own library website? The possibilities are endless with screencasting. Anything you want to show from your own computer can be done. This tool allows users to record up to 5-minute screencasting, and uploads it directly onto a server for sharing.

Take a look at this slideshare about Jing & screencasting.



Alright now that you know about these tools let’s get to using them!

Activity #1) Create a Prezi!

    1. Create a free account at Prezi.com.
    2. Click here to join a collaborative Prezi for this module – how can you, in the library, and do you use new technology?
    3. Create a new section in the Prezi. Be creative! You can see a tutorial on the basics here.

There’s lots you can try. The following are some tips and tricks:

    • You can add images and YouTube clips.
    • Link to more material with adding hyperlinks.
    • Audio is a BRAND NEW feature in Prezi. To add audio to your frames (yet another feature that adds to the usefulness of Prezi for library presentational purposes) see the instructions here
    • Look to see if anyone else is editing the Prezi while you are? You’ll see them at the bottom of your screen, just like in the image to the right.
  1. Connect your section to the others by extending the presentation path.
  2. Come back here and see your updates in the evolving Prezi!
  3. Write a blog post about your experience with Prezi. Additionally, how do you think your library can use the tool?

Quick Tip: When you’re searching for Prezi’s and you see this logo Screen Shot 2013-02-21 at 12.52.34 AMsaying Reusable, you can use the Prezi as a template and insert your own information in! If you’re already viewing the Prezi then, if it’s reusable, it’ll say “Make a copy” directly below the presentation. That takes the hard work out of designing and is great for libraries to utilize for their own needs.

Activity #2) Create a Jing

[Bonus exercise: Create your own Prezi (don’t worry it can be basic one from a pre-made layout) and then share your Prezi through a screencast with Jing. This fulfills exercise 2 as well!]

  1. Try the interactive tutorial from Techsmith, the creators of Jing.


  2. Next download Jing
  3. Create a quick Jing video of anything you’d like to share.
  4. Share your video on your blog by sharing the link.

That’s it everyone! Congratulations on finishing this week’s module. Looking forward to seeing you next week!

This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael StephensTransformative Literacies class in the Spring of 2013. This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was authored and adapted by Danielle Wood with the Public Library Group for East Greenbush Library. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions. Special thanks to Marti Fuerst and Barbara Carr for their work in which some of this module has been adapted from. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.